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Night sky

Oh Starry Night

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With the days growing shorter and the sun setting earlier it has been a perfect opportunity for us to talk about the night time. In the art room the preschool children drew pictures of things they see at night including fireworks, spaceships and owls. The younger children made night-time paintings by printing moons and stars onto

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Leaves

Autumn Leaves

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Autumn has well and truly arrived and as the temperature dropped so to did the leaves on our giant beech tree in the garden.   The children mucked in to sweep up the leaves, collect them in wheelbarrows and piling them into houses for hedgehogs.  Not surprisingly their hard work was quickly undone when they

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Chicken children

Barking mad

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What a barking mad week we had when the children were visited by lots of different animals.  At the beginning of the week the children met Romeo the Cockapoo, Dot the dog and Bramble the retired racing greyhound.  Mrs Beechey brought in her cat Jasper who was treated to cooked chicken for being well behaved

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juice

Double whammy

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This week’s blog is a double whammy covering all the exciting things the children have done over the past two weeks.  Last week our theme was senses and each day we focused on a different sense. Taste buds were tingled on Tuesday during the children’s cooking session when they got to use a juicing machine

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Skeleton

A bone to pick

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This week was all about bodies and the children were excited to meet Bob, our very own life sized skeleton! In the Artroom the children made pictures by piecing together the different parts of a body, although some of the skeletons looked as though they had fallen down the stairs! The children loved using a light box

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Slime

Sensory overload

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This week the children have been exploring feelings, relating to both emotions and how things physically feel.  In our circle time sessions they used flash cards which showed different children’s faces and they had to describe what they thought these children were feeling. In the art room they then had to draw a picture of

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Painting nursery

Art attack

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Our hopes for an Indian Summer were washed away this week with lashings of wind and rain. Fortunately this didn’t dampen the children’s spirits and provided them with spectacular rainbows and decorated the garden with leaves, twigs and branches for them to collect in their wheelbarrows. The preschool children set off on their first country

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Back to school

Back to school

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Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday we were saying farewell to our preschool children and looking forward to a long break.  Whilst August may have been a bit of a wash out the British weather was not enough to put a stop to the fun at our summer holiday club.  The

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Mary's meals backpack appeal

Over and out!

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It’s been an emotional week saying goodbye to our preschool children as they leave us to go on to school. Many of the children have been with us for over two years and we have watched them flourish and grow into confident and capable children, looking forward to their school days ahead.  Check out our

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Graduation nursery

One more step

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It was a proud moment as we watched fifty Mount Carmel graduates climb the steps to the future and receive their certificates.  Rain drops masked parents tears as they celebrated their children’s achievements and enjoyed listening to the children’s farewell songs.  The graduation ceremonies are bittersweet moments for all of us as it marks the

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Nursery maths

Wow moments!

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As we approach the end of the academic year it is a time to reflect on the journey that all of the children have made with us.  Our sports day on Monday was a perfect illustration of how the preschoolers have developed, not only physically but also in terms of their emotional maturity.  We witnessed

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Sweet shop

Sweet treats

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The children couldn’t believe their luck this week when they discovered that Miss Natalie had set up a sweet shop in the classroom. They had to choose from a range of sweets, read the price and then count out the correct amount of pennies to pay Miss Natalie. As an experiment we included three Kinder

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Watering hole

Going places

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The children travelled around the globe this week when we had two parents do a talk in assembly about the place that they grew up in. On Monday the children learnt all about Australia and were taught a nursery rhyme called “Home among the gumtree”.  They were treated to some Australian fairy bread which is

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Making waves

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The glorious sunshine this week had many of us dreaming about long days beside by the seaside.  This inspired our new Summer board in the art room which features a beach scene complete with holiday makers in a variety of different swimming costumes.  The children enjoyed decorating the beach with real sand, making waves with

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Butterfly child

The Butterfly Effect

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Some of the most magical moments that children experience are provided by nature. This week the children got to witness the metamorphosis of our caterpillars into butterflies. For the past few weeks we have observed them grow from tiny insects and watched them as they created their chrysalises. By the end of the week the

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Garden sun

Summer Sun

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The sun was shining and the weather was sweet, marking a beautiful end to this half term.  The children enjoyed playing outside and many flocked to the water play to keep themselves cool.  It’s a good time to remind parents to leave a sunhat in your child’s bag and apply suncream before the session if

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Origami boat

Making a splash

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As our theme on transport draws to an end we turned to the sea to talk about vehicles that float.  On Tuesday we experienced the hottest day of the 2017 and the younger children took to the outdoor water play to keep cool and experiment with things that sink and float.  On Wednesday, however, we

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Motorbike nursery

Born to be wild

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Love ‘em or hate ‘em, no one can deny that motorbikes are the coolest machines on the road.  This week the children were treated to a visit by an iconic Japanese supersport motorbike, they learned about it’s controls and tried on some of the protective clothing bikers wear to keep them safe.  Some of the

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Ferrari Fever!

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When a child asked me if he could bring in his “horsey car” for show and tell I was imagining something with four legs pulling a carriage.  The children were in for a treat when it turned out that he meant his Dad’s Ferrari! They loved the loud engine and convertible roof and many remarked

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Junk modelling

One Man’s Trash

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They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Your recycled rubbish was worth its weight in gold this week and put to good use by the children during the junk modelling sessions. Their imaginations were let loose and the art room was soon filled with magical fairy castles, hulk fists and flying houses.

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Steering wheel toy

Fast and Furious

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They say time flies when you’re having fun and that certainly seems to be the case this academic year.  The Summer term is here and for some children it marks the final term before they leave us to take the next step in their school journey.  This week they found out which primary schools they

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Hot cross buns

One a penny, two a penny

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This week was the last week of term and many of the children were excited about the upcoming Easter break. To their great delight the Easter Bunny made a surprise visit on Thursday and was chased around the garden until she handed over some chocolate eggs. Some of the children were convinced it was “just

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Mother and son

Mother’s Day Surprise

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There was love in the air this week in the run up to Mother’s Day.  The children were all enthusiastic to create hand made cards to surprise their Mummy’s and it is great to see how many of the preschool children could write their names independently.  Many children talked about where they would hide their

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Heavy bowling ball

Growing up

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Spring is a fascinating time for children to discover the mysteries of nature and a perfect opportunity to talk about growing.  Our preschoolers used their country walk on Monday to take part in a nature study to see what they could find growing and talk about all the changes they had observed.  All of the

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School blossom

Spring in our step

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The first signs of spring could be felt this week with birds singing and blossom emerging on the trees.  Despite a few dull and drizzly days we were treated with some glorious sunshine and for the first time this year the children were able to play outdoors without coats.  Next week we will be doing

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Pancake flip

Mardi Gras

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This week got off to a flipping good start with the children celebrating pancake day on Tuesday.  They arrived in an assortment of fantastic costumes which set the tone for a fun filled day.  The teachers also got dressed up and there was a range of fairytale characters and superheroes.  One child was unsure about

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Baby doll

Baby brain

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The nursery went ga-ga this week with babies on the minds of many of the children. The excitement is building in anticipation of Mrs Spooners new baby and at teatime club two children suggested that they would be her babysitters, provided they do not have to change any nappies!  Since the last blog we have

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Heart gingerbread

Love is in the air

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Valentine’s fever has swept through the of  this week with a number of children declaring their love for their friends and announcing that they are getting married! With Valentine’s day fast approaching the children have been busy making hand crafted gifts for their loved ones. On Wednesday, the children decorated gingerbread hearts which were supposed

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Moon sand

Arctic adventures

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We travelled from Antarctica to the Arctic this week when we introduced the children to “moon sand”.  This fluffy mixture of flour and baby oil closely resembles the texture of snow and we used it to create an artic play table complete with an igloo, iceberg and polar bears.  We clearly underestimated how messy this

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Foxy dog

The Puppy that lost his way

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A few weeks ago my puppy Foxy decided to take a daring adventure into the unknown by digging her way out of the garden. Fortunately she was quickly rescued by a dog walker and returned home. I shared this story with the preschool children on Wednesday but left out the fact that she was safe

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